I’m a big fan of simple, sweet movies. No CGI, no monsters, no guns, no special effects; just a beautiful story with fascinating characters.
Babette’s Feast, the 1987 Oscar©-winner for “Best Foreign Film,” is just such a movie. It’s the story of Babette (who else?), a French refugee in 19th century Denmark. Destitute and alone, she begs two adult sisters in an isolated village to take her in committing herself to work for them as their loyal and trusted maid, housekeeper and cook.
In return for their generosity and kindness, she prepares a French feast of a lifetime for the sisters and their friends and family. It is the perfect example of how food is more often than not the perfect way to say “I love you.”
Executive Chef Craig Richards has taken inspiration for the last Sunday Share dinner of 2012 from this movie. Now, I don’t know what will be served—in fact, that’s what makes these special events so much fun; it’s a glorious, culinary surprise every time. I do know this much: After a quick Google search, I was able to locate the actual menu that was served in the movie. (Seriously, what did we do before the Internet?) I imagine you’ll be tasting something very similar.
Potage a’la Tortue (Turtle Soup)
Blini Demidoff au Caviar (Buckwheat cakes with caviar)
Caille en Sarcophage avec Sauce Perigourdine (Quail in Puff Pastry Shell with Foie Gras and Truffle Sauce)
La Salade (Salad Course)
Les Fromages (Cheese and Fresh Fruit)
Baba au Rhum avec les Figues (Rum Cake with Dried Figs)
Oh, and the best part? Ecco will show the film while you eat! How fun is that? There are only 45 seats available and the cost is a mere $35 per person, so get your tickets today! Don’t miss this; it’s going to be a very special evening.